Marriage / Family Therapist Salary

Average Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States make around $47K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Marriage & Family Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Female Marriage & Family Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,326 - $67,721
$34K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,768
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$16.79 - $71.89
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$72
MEDIAN: $24.72
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$0$82K
Salary $34,326 - $67,721
Bonus $50.68 - $4,932
Profit Sharing $2,000
Total Pay (?
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$34,535 - $82,007
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 477
Hourly Data $0$71
Hourly Rate $16.79 - $71.89
Overtime $8.00 - $47.50
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $50.68 - $4,932
Profit Sharing $2,000
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,535 - $82,007
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 222

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Job Description for Marriage / Family Therapist

The duty of a marriage/family therapist is to counsel individuals and treat patients. The individual would counsel couples and families regarding a wide range of possible psychological issues relating to their personal relationships.

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Marriage / Family Therapist Tasks

  • Manage caseload and documentation
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group therapy
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems
  • Assess, diagnose and counsel individuals, couples and families
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions

Common Career Paths for Marriage / Family Therapist


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Many Marriage & Family Therapists transition into upper-level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist positions. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists earn a median of $53K per year. Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Clinical Supervisors are common next-step roles for Marriage & Family Therapists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Licensed Clinical Social Workers is $4K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Clinical Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Marriage / Family Therapist


Marriage & Family Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Eating Disorders, Clinical Psychology, Spanish Language, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management, Counseling, and Emergency/Trauma. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in Clinical Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Marriage / Family Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Marriage / Family Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Marriage / Family Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 461 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Marriage / Family Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 149 salaries. An experienced Marriage / Family Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 73 salaries. A Marriage / Family Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,231

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Marriage & Family Therapists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Marriage & Family Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+10 percent), Portland (+6 percent), Honolulu (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+1 percent). For Marriage & Family Therapists, location is an influential factor in determining pay, and small cities are best to be avoided for those eager to increase earning potential. Pittsburgh, Denver, and Minneapolis — three cities with fewer than a million residents — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. Workers in Denver and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Marriage / Family Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

▲38%

▲22%

▲6%

National Average
$48,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Marriage / Family Therapist Salaries

Eating Disorders
▲14%



National Average
$48,000

Group Therapy
▼1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼4%


▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 27%
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